My grandma tries Windows 8 for the first time (with video)

“In this video I show my 66-year-old nan attempting to use Windows 8 Consumer Preview,” Ben Strange reports via YouTube.

“She has used a computer since April 2009, then she used Windows XP on my Compaq Presario 6000, Now she uses Windows 7,” Strange reports. “in this video I tried to give my nan no hints, Although I had to give her a few at times because she wasn’t going anywhere and it felt like she never was going to get anywhere.”

“She found it very difficult to use as it’s completely different to what she has ever used, when she upgraded to Windows 7 she found it very easy as Windows XP and Windows 7 look pretty similar,” Strange reports. “This shows how difficult and confusing Windows 8 will be…”

MacDailyNews Take: Ben, what your nan really needs is a Mac. Now, be a good grandson and help get one. And, get a Mac for yourself, too. You can both thank us later.

As we wrote over a year ago, about ten seconds after we first heard about Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8:

Our initial impression is that Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto).

We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.

From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.

Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder)… People might as well get the Mac they always wanted… If Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”

As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.

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55 Comments

        1. To summarize:

          Microsoft by creating the Windows 8 tile interface for desktops and laptops truly screwed the pooch here. The gravity of this cannot be understated. I’m literally awestruck by their horrid misstep here. I mean, wow!

          Apple has a halo effect. Microsoft has a circle of death.

          1. This is like the sort of signage design we worked on in art college …circa 1982. Works in a very simplistic way but even the most basic expansion of the theme as the visual metaphors all intermingle becomes a totally confusing camouflage like pattern that becomes endlessly hard work and brain numbing. Not surprisingly this style of design faded very quickly … Until now anyway.

      1. It is like MYST.. the perfect analogy! Best laugh I had ALL WEEK.. Windows 8 being compared to the absolutely worst, pointless, boring game ever is spot on! I felt EXACTLY the same way. I remember insisting on my money back for MYST… but stores would not do that with software… so I ‘gifted’ it to someone, and then felt bad that I did. Myst….

    1. seriously, wtf has microsoft done to user-feedback? hello in there! blundering around trying to out-think the dumbass developer is soooo microsoft. the victims of WL8 are going to be out-to-kill. then watch microsoft charge major $$$ to victims for tech support. (0_o) 😯

      1. BINGO!!!

        Microsoft has build the entire industry on “support”. PC hardware doesn’t make any money. Money comes from warranties that never get cashed in, and frequent calls to technical support. Multiple that by millions and you see MS’s death grip on this model. It’s sad.

        Apple puts the USER FIRST.

  1. “Our initial impression is that Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices”

    Hey! It’s Copeland, only this time for Windows!

    ** Did I go too far back with my Apple reference??

    1. Are you serious? Copland was supposed to look like that mess? Thank goodness that it never went anywhere or Apple would be just a memory in the grand scheme of things.

  2. I am bored now. Got to the fish cartoon and I am done. I think this kid isn’t in grandma’s will and more. Bring grandma a Mac and maybe she will put you back in.

  3. “…It’s hidden so you can’t find it… Kind of a mystery… Close to where you are now… keep going to the right then… further… keep going… move it around a bit… but up and down… you’re not right on the edge… it’s along there somewhere… You’ll have to keep the computer on forever then… I’ll shut it down… Oh I can’t even do it now… It’s along there somewhere…”

    THIS IS USER ABUSE. Plain and simple. FU Microsoft. I hope this kills you.

    1. And PLEASE:
      Nobody call me to help them figure out this POS MS nightmare. Get a Mac, THEN call me. I don’t want your money. You won’t get my sympathy. Just free yourself from hell, THEN we’ll talk. OK?

      Oh and: FU Microsoft.

  4. I’m pretty tech savy, can find my way around OSX, Windows and Linux. I installed Win8 preview in a VM yesterday. It was so confusing. I couldn’t figure out how to shut it down so I just shut it down from within the VM. I know exactly how she felt. You cannot fathom how horrid this is on the desktop until you’ve actually tried it. I predict there will be a plethora of tech support jobs so maybe that will cancel out the hit the economy will take from lost productivity when this limps out of the gate.

    1. I predict that no one will install Windows 8. I use Win XP in my Parallels VM precisely because I don’t care how to figure out how to do stuff in Windows 7.

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